Linen Industry Research Association

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    THE report of the Council of the Linen Industry Research Association, Belfast, for the year ended September 30, 1947, states that the strengthening of the financial position of the Association, which now includes practically all the firms in the industry, has permitted the Council to proceed with the Director‘s plans for expansion, and the new buildings have been commenced. In addition to the large shed with a floor space of 9,800 sq. ft. for technological researches on line and tow preparing, dry spinning and weaving, which forms the main extension, the new plans include the provision of more staff amenities and facilities, extension of the testing-room and further space and equipment for research in bleaching, dyeing and finishing. Reference is made to the co-operation in research which has already flowed from the liaison service described in the last annual report. Comprehensive surveys of conditions of temperature, humidity and ventilation in wet spinning mills have brought to light many striking anomalies, and have led to suggestions by which decided improvements can often be introduced very economically into the working conditions by comparatively simple measures.

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    Linen Industry Research Association. Nature 162, 158–159 (1948) doi:10.1038/162158b0

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